John L. Culhane, Jr.

John L. Culhane, Jr.

Ballard Spahr LLP

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CFPB builds case for ECOA protection for gender identity and sexual orientation

While CFPB officials have suggested in public remarks that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s prohibition against discrimination on the basis of “sex” includes discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, a...more

9/22/2016 - Banking Sector CFPB Corporate Counsel ECOA Fair Lending Financial Services Industry Gender Discrimination Gender Identity LGBT Policies and Procedures Richard Cordray Sex Discrimination Sexual Orientation Discrimination Transgender

CFPB highlights impact of student debt on communities of color

In a new blog post, the CFPB states that recent research “underscores the disproportionate impact of student debt on communities of color.” According to the CFPB, federal government data shows that over 90 percent of...more

9/20/2016 - Banking Sector Borrowers CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Minorities Student Loans Students

CFPB enters into consent order with for-profit college owner

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with Bridgepoint Education, Inc., the owner of two for-profit colleges, to settle charges that the company’s representatives engaged in deceptive acts or practices...more

9/13/2016 - CFPB Civil Monetary Penalty Colleges Consent Order Consumer Financial Products Educational Institutions For Profit Colleges For Profit Education Student Loans Students Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

4th Circuit: Filing Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Did Not Violate FDCPA

A debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by filing proofs of claim in bankruptcy cases on debts that were time-barred by Maryland’s statute of limitations (SOL), a divided U.S. Court of...more

9/12/2016 - Bankruptcy Code Chapter 13 Consumer Bankruptcy Corporate Counsel Debt Buyers Debt Collection FDCPA Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Proof of Claims Statute of Limitations Time-Barred Debt

California Federal Court Dismisses TCPA Claims for Lack of Article III Standing

A plaintiff did not have Article III standing to assert claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for alleged autodialed calls made to her without her consent, a California federal district court recently...more

9/7/2016 - Article III ATDS Auto-Dialed Calls Banking Sector Consumer Lenders Debt Collection Debt Collectors Invasion of Privacy Prior Express Consent Robocalling Spokeo v Robins Standing TCPA

District Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Claim of Inclusive Communities

A federal court in Texas recently dismissed a housing discrimination claim that was based on alleged disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the latest in a series of decisions applying landmark U.S. Supreme Court...more

9/2/2016 - Affordable Housing Burden-Shifting Causation Discrimination Dismissals Disparate Impact Fair Housing Act (FHA) HUD LIHTC Pleading Standards Race Discrimination Texas Dept of Housing v Inclusive Communities Title VII

CFPB report on community networks to combat elder financial abuse and resource guide highlight role of financial institutions

The CFPB has issued a new elder financial abuse report, “Report and Recommendations: Fighting Elder Financial Exploitation through Community Networks,” and a related resource guide, “A Resource Guide for Elder Financial...more

8/26/2016 - Banking Sector CFPB Elder Abuse Elder Issues Exploitation Financial Abuse Financial Institutions

Student loan complaint update highlights IDR plan application issues

The CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman has released a new “Mid-year update on student loan complaints” that highlights issues related to income-driven repayment plan (IDR) application issues. The update covers complaints...more

8/25/2016 - Banking Sector CFPB Consumer Complaint Database Consumer Financial Products Debt Collection Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Student Loans

California Federal Court Dismisses TCPA Claims for Lack of Article III Standing

A plaintiff did not have Article III standing to assert claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for alleged autodialed calls made to her without her consent, a California federal district court recently...more

8/22/2016 - Article III Auto-Dialed Calls Banking Sector Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Dismissals Injury-in-Fact Popular Prior Express Consent Robocalling Standing TCPA

Voicemail Message Without Express Statement It Was From Debt Collector Did Not Violate FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Rules

A debt collection law firm did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by leaving a voicemail message for the plaintiff that identified the law firm but did not expressly state that the law firm was a debt...more

8/12/2016 - Appeals Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Debt Collectors Disclosure Requirements FDCPA Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Voicemail

FCC Ruling Clarifies TCPA for Schools and Utilities

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a Declaratory Ruling clarifying the application of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to communications from schools and utilities. Specifically, the Ruling...more

8/10/2016 - Auto-Dialed Calls Declaratory Rulings Educational Institutions Emergency Alerts FCC Prior Express Consent TCPA Text Messages Utilities Sector

Third Circuit Remands "Meaningful Attorney Involvement" Decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated the district court's decision in Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP in which the district court ruled that a debt collection law firm violated the Fair Debt Collection...more

8/5/2016 - Appeals Article III CFPB Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Financial Services Industry Injury-in-Fact Spokeo v Robins Standing Statutory Damages

Eleventh Circuit Weighs In on the FCRA’s Furnisher Investigation Requirement

The 11th Circuit has clarified that the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires furnishers of credit information—like their credit reporting agency (CRA) counterparts—to conduct "reasonable" investigations of consumer...more

8/3/2016 - Collection Agencies Credit Reporting Agencies Credit Reports Creditors Debt Buyers Debtors FCRA Financial Services Industry

CFPB Previews Debt Collection Rule in SBREFA Outline

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has moved a step closer to issuing a debt collection rule by releasing an outline of the proposals it is considering in preparation for convening a small business review panel....more

8/1/2016 - CFPB Debt Buyers Debt Collection Debt Collectors Dodd-Frank FDCPA Financial Sector SBREFA Small Business Third-Party Service Provider Time-Barred Debt

Dept. of Education announces federal student loan policy direction

The Department of Education has released a memorandum to provide policy direction for the new federal student loan “state-of-the-art loan servicing ecosystem” that the ED is currently procuring. According to the memorandum,...more

7/26/2016 - Department of Education Federal Student Loans Student Loans Students

FTC Consent Order Creates Uncertainty for Advertising of Credit, Lease Offers

A recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order with two Ohio auto dealers creates uncertainty not only for auto dealers, but also for all other businesses advertising credit or lease offers. The order settled...more

7/20/2016 - Auto Lease Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Car Dealerships Consent Order Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Credit Ratings Disclosure Requirements False Advertising FTC FTC Act Popular Section 5 Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

CFPB and DOJ Settle Fair Lending Claims Involving Allegations of Redlining, Discretionary Underwriting and Pricing, and Overt...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a proposed consent order with BancorpSouth Bank to settle charges that the bank’s mortgage lending practices violated the...more

7/11/2016 - Banking Sector CFPB Consent Order Consumer Financial Products Discriminatory Lending Practices DOJ ECOA Fair Housing Act (FHA) Financial Institutions Mortgages Popular Race Discrimination Redlining

FTC Backs FCC’s Proposed Rule on TCPA Amendments for Calls Collecting Government Debt

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a Staff Comment on June 16, 2016, supporting several of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed regulations implementing amendments to...more

6/22/2016 - Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FCC Federal Loans FTC Loans Prior Express Consent TCPA

Regulators Raise Marketplace Lending Concerns at FTC FinTech Forum

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently held a FinTech forum addressing marketplace lending. The forum was promoted by the FTC as the first in a series it plans to hold exploring emerging financial technology and its...more

6/21/2016 - Banking Sector Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders ECOA FCRA Financial Services Industry FinTech FTC Innovative Technology Online Marketplace Lending Popular

Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

6/20/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Department of Education Federal Arbitration Act Higher Education Act Student Loans Title IV

Modernize TCPA, ACA International Urges in White Paper

In a new white paper, ACA International, a trade association for members of the credit and collection industry, argues that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) must be modernized to accurately reflect the current...more

6/8/2016 - ATDS Debt Collection FCC Financial Sector Right to Privacy Robocalling TCPA Telecommunications Telemarketing Unsolicited Phone Calls

Seventh Circuit Refuses To Impose a Heightened Litigation Standard on Debt Collector

In St. John v. Cach, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently issued an opinion holding that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not prohibit debt collectors from filing collection...more

6/6/2016 - CFPB Consumer Lenders Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Litigation Strategies

CFPB urged to adopt strong protections for LEP consumers

Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) has issued a brief in which it urges the CFPB and other federal agencies to adopt strong language access protections to improve the mortgage marketplace for limited English proficiency...more

6/2/2016 - CFPB ECOA FHFA HMDA HUD Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Mortgage Lenders Mortgages RESPA UDAAP

New York DFS Brings Enforcement Action Against Two Debt Buyers for Collecting on Payday Loans

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced last week that it had entered into consent judgments with Webcollex LLC d/b/a CKS Financial (CKS) and National Credit Adjusters (NCA) for allegedly violating the...more

6/1/2016 - Civil Monetary Penalty Consumer Financial Products Debt Buyers Debt Collection FDCPA Financial Institutions NYDFS Online Marketplace Lending Payday Loans

Contractor's Use of AG Letterhead Not a Violation of FDCPA, Supreme Court Holds

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously held that an independent contractor to the Ohio Attorney General did not mislead consumers in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when it used the Attorney...more

5/24/2016 - Attorney Generals Class Action FDCPA SCOTUS Sheriff v. Gillie

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